The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Situma's Setback

James Situma's hopes of returning back into the paid ranks of European football suffered a slight setback after suffering an injury.

This forced the midfielder to cancel a trip to Cyprus where he was reportedly going to join Alki Larnaca. "We were to make the trip today with James but he came back with an injury from doing duty with Harambee Stars leaving us with no option but to cancel the trip for another time," said a disappointed Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa.

The injury becomes the latest setback to the Sofapaka captain's hopes of playing professional football in Europe after another move to FC Tirana of Albania lasted less than a year, forcing him to return to the country and rejoin Sofapaka.

At the same time, Sofapaka have welcomed back winger Patrick Kagogo after he completed his season long loan deal at Kenya Premier League champions Tusker.

Kagogo, one of the key figures who led Sofapaka into promotion in 2008 and subsequently a historic title triumph in their debut season in the top flight league in 2009, could not agree terms to extend his spell with Robert Matano's side.

"We are very pleased to have Petit back. His loan period is over and we look forward to starting the new season with him as a key part of our team," said Kalekwa.

Kalekwa, whose side has already made a couple of signings in the transfer season as he seeks to bolster the squad from the next season, revealed that they were not in a hurry to find a new coach to replace Stuart Hall who left on mutual consent back in October leaving David Ouma, the assistant coach, in charge of the club.

"We are in no particular rush to get another coach. Ouma has done a good job for us and we do not see any reason why he should not continue doing what he has done well into the new season," confided Kalekwa.

Sofapaka recently let midfield maestro Humphrey Mieno leave to join Hall at Azam on a six-month loan spell but Kalekwa was optimistic that they have enough in their squad to cope with the absence of their playmaker. "Mieno is an important part of the team but even in his absence, we have players who are good enough to step into his shoes and do a good job for us."

Enock Agwanda from Sony Sugar, Uganda's Abdalla Nyanzi from Soanna FC and William Sempembwa from Uganda Army side Simba FC have--already joined the club. The 2009 champions have also acquired the services of Hillary Echesa and are hoping to seal an agreement with former international Titus Mulama.

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